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Reviewed 1 April 2018

What an amazing place. If experiencing the jungle is one of your reasons for visiting Belize this place is not to be missed! Cabanas are spaced out in a way that really lets you hear all of the night sounds. Each unit has an porch with bug netting to allow you to enjoy outside.

The entire lodge has a very intimate/close feel to it. Over 3 days we got to know most of the staff and had time to talk to them about the jungle, San Ignacio, cooking, and really got to know them.

The food and drinks were incredible. They make delicious rum punch made with fresh juices, pork and chicken seasoned in traditional Belizian spices and all of this served with truly top notch service!

If you have any adventures in mind while you are in this area the staff can set it all up for you. I usually avoid this because there can be a big mark up from hotels but this is not the case here. As an added bonus when they set it up the excursion they deal with all of the transportation and include it with your final bill.

I highly recommend asking about the horseback riding/Xunantunich visit. We rode horses through the jungle while learning about all traditional uses for all of the plants and then got an incredible guided tour through the Mayan ruins.

One word of caution, this Lodge is down a dirt road into a jungle which is what makes the location amazing but could make it potentially difficult to get to. We rented an SUV and had no problem. The drive could have been done in a sedan but if it rained a lot you could find some terrain difficult to pass. As a bigger review of visiting Belize, I would not have rented a car. All lodges and hotels have drivers that can pick you up and take you anywhere for significantly cheaper than the price of renting a car and gas.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Trevor A
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

I would give this a 4.5 if TA allowed it. Not 5 because of one little quibble (more later).
The cabanas are widely space through a tropical hardwood forest in the western hills of Belize. They are clean and comfortable (great beds), with a screened porch. The 50 acres border on a creek and a sizeable river. Trails wind through the forest. Bird life is amazing. Toucans everywhere. The operators, Raul and Letty Martinez are gracious, friendly and professional. Raul is an excellent chef and worthly bird guide. Letty is sunshine in human form. The lodge is a great central location for excursions. We visited the awesome ATM caves, visited ruins, and rode horses through the forest.

Facts: Hot water available. Electricity is solar and generator. Well water is drinkable. There is no AC but not really needed—the nights are so cool you may need a blanket. Food and drinks are available on site.

Cons: My only quibble is that they have no wifi but their website said they did. It is likely a temporary problem. I didn’t need cell access—that’s good because they don’t have it unless you have a local plan with Smart. (That too may change soon.) A new owner bought the place 6 months ago with plans to upgrade it.

Room Tip: Plan to eat most meals here. The nearest other restaurants are a long, bad road away.
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with friends
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Thank Shaun M
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Leticia M, General Manager at Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Shaun M
It was great to have you in our lodge.
We indeed are still struggling with WiFi and it is taking longer that we anticipated, because we are looking at different options trying to get the best possible system so all our guests will benefit. We also try not to disturb the natural beauty and serenity of the place rich in wild life.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

We spent four nights here and it was amazing!!! Letty and Raul are unbelievable!! I had a terrible cold the first few days and Letty went above and beyond to make me feel better by making me hot teas and lime with honey. She really was amazing.

There were four of us staying and we had two separate cabanas, the Jaguar and the Orchid. Both were fantastic. Beds were super comfy, and the softest towels I have ever had!

The food was out of this world fantastic, Raul has a serious calling as a chef, even if he never meant to go down that road!!

Letty was awesome at booking all of our excursions and recommending things to do, I really cannot recommend then enough. They were really amazing!

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Rachel M
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

We are close friends and we stayed in the Orchid Cabana for the three day package over Christmas. It was absolutely wonderful. The grounds give you a good taste of the jungle area and the cabanas are clean and create a good setting for relaxing amongst the breathtaking flora. The staff are friendly and welcoming. They go above and beyond to make sure you get the most out of your stay. They are a tight knit group who work well together. We did the three day package and our transportation was arranged and daily adventures were organized. The managers, Letty and Raul, always ensured that we had what we needed and knew what to expect in the day to come. We were paired with local guides who are passionate about the areas' history and local culture. The food was delicious. It consisted of various fruits, veggies, and fresh juice. They also cater to dietary restrictions. As four women under 30 traveling to foreign countries not knowing anyone, this is a great establishment to feel like part of the family. We give them two thumbs up and can't praise them enough.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
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2  Thank natalie m
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We stayed at Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge for about 6 days in January 2018 with our three boys, ages 17 to 23. The lodge changed ownership about 3 months before our arrival, but some of the staff have stayed on, and the new hosts, Leticia and Raul, are delightful. The grounds are lovely, and well sited between St. Ignacio and a number of national preserves, such as Mountain Pine Ridge Forest. Mayan sites (Caracol, Cahal Pech, and Xunantunich), including caves (Actun Tunichil Muknal), are also in relatively easy reach. A 4-wheel drive is helpful, and a must on certain roads. We had breakfast and dinner at the lodge most days, and the food was both beautifully presented and delicious. Two of us are vegetarians; the meals were always thoughtfully planned to meet both our needs and those of the carnivores in the family. We enjoyed our daily conversations with the staff about the local flora and fauna-- both Raul and Jason know a lot about the local birds and wildlife! -- as well as tubing down the river with them. Leticia helped in getting reservations for trips (and locating my husband's lost hat!), as well as making reservations for lunch at some of the surrounding lodges. The area waterfalls are stunning (Big Rock Falls, 1,000 Foot Falls, 5 Sisters at the Gaia River Lodge).

Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
3  Thank Karen_from_NoVa
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